Aliens (G #24)

Those childhood days where your parents trap you at the dinner table and try feeding you food that you don’t like. You just sit there and look at the food like…

Aliens girl

Aliens (1986)

If those despicable things of horror were real, I would’ve just gotten a facehugger for a pet (hope my dog doesn’t read that). Science fiction would surely back me up on that.

Child’s Play 2 (G #23)

When you decide to make a name for yourself on the first day of elementary school…

Hate Kids

Child’s Play 2 (1990)

Chucky is as good as he can be with any weapon of choice.

Where It All Began… Intermediately

Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope

By now, I would assume that some of you would see that I love science fiction in pretty much any aspect. Like any other hardcore fanatic that came before me, this is one of the major reasons why I became one to begin with. Released in 1977, “Star Wars” (Episode IV) swept up everything else that came before its time and became from what I’ve seen, a worldwide pop culture sensation. Kind of weird how another new trilogy is set to be brought to all of us within the next year supposedly. I for one, am completely anticipating it, but like anyone else, I still have to face the curse of patience for Episode VII, but that’s another story…

*SPOILERS*

Back to what I was talking about, “A New Hope” starts off with a completely vast array of characters that play a certain role in not only this film, but in the film series as a whole. Obi-Wan represents the Jedi father figure of Luke Skywalker who is non other than our protagonist along with Han Solo and Princess Leia. So in a time of turmoil where the Galactic (Evil) Empire rules over the galaxy, our Rebel Alliance (the good guys), have managed to obtain a means of destroying the Empire’s most powerful weapon, the Death Star. Oh yeah and our main protagonist is none other than the now infamous Darth Vader.

Believe me, it is hard trying to explain this whole universe and plot without any visual elements so just try to bear with me. Fast-forward throughout the story and our damsel-in-distress plot involves Luke, Han, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan on a quest to rescue Leia who has since been seized by Darth Vader.

After a lengthy journey during which Obi-Wan performs a useless sacrifice, no pun intended, the rest of our group manage to rescue the Princess and escape the confines of the Death Star. The climax of the film follows the Rebel Alliance as they now try to destroy the Death Star once and for all before it destroys their base. Through a lengthly dramatic struggle, they eventually succeed and thus we have a resolution… for the time being.

So in terms of a story it was pretty much like any other film that involves hero antics, a good vs evil situation, and the struggle of identification for each character. Luke for instance, faces the circumstances of suddenly being thrust into the war between the Empire and the rebels, while starting to discover who he secretly is through the tutelage of Obi-Wan. Han is a bit more cynical as he cares for nothing except his precious Millennium Falcon as well as his first mate co-pilot, the cute and lovable Chewbacca. As the film progresses he slowly begins to have a classic change of heart, which is explored more thoroughly in the sequel. As for Princess Leia, well she does all she possibly can to restore peace and justice to the galaxy, or more specifically, her home planet, even though it ends up being destroyed about halfway through the film by Darth Vader. It actually ends up being her fault. Irony…

As for the bad guys, you can’t help but love them. Darth Vader is the ultimate badass who everyone seems to be scared off for good reason, with the exception of Obi-Wan who knows a little secret about him. Throw in C-3PO and R2-D2 into the mix for comedic humor and you’ve got yourself a universe of amazing proportions. I even loved the fact that both of these droids are just as relevant to saving the universe as are our main heroes.

I won’t explain the reason for this because quite frankly, I’ve now realized, if you haven’t seen “Star Wars” yet, it’s pretty much the time to start already. You can enjoy the CGI or character aspects of the film or basically not enjoy it at all, but the point would be to give it a try. Believe me, I could continue with this post for days, going off about thousands of other aspects about the film series. It could be about the science fiction aspect but for arguments sake, let me just conclude this by saying that “Star Wars” IS the sh-t. Take that censoring 👊.

Let me just include a little scene here so hopefully someone gets persuaded to watch “Star Wars” thanks to me…

I, Robot (G #22)

When you work as a concert security guard and they ask you to hold off all of the fans in attendance for a little while longer…

6 minutes

I, Robot (2005)

Robots are pretty much where I see the future already going, that’s what I love about science fiction. It’s like a prediction tank.

Ted (G #21)

Teddy

Ted (2012)

When you realize your teddy bear is more of a bad-ass than you are… Still waiting for a sequel.

“Raccoons” Everywhere In the Underground

Resident Evil (2002)

Let me think about it. I was 7 years old when this came out. As a straightforward horror film, I always enjoyed this kind of entertainment but lately it’s kind of grown out on me. You look at 2002’s “Resident Evil” and you think what an amazing job it must have been to base the movie on elements of the video game series. I’ve played the games too when I was little and was creeped out enough to say the least.

*SPOILERS*

My title by the way, refers to the city itself which isn’t necessarily featured prominently until later in the film series. I loved the concept of being trapped underground in a top secret laboratory with a bunch of flesh-eating zombies. Throw in an array of advanced technology as a defense mechanism and you’ve got a terrifying isolated place as your main setting. Characterization is pretty limited which is something I didn’t always like that this film excluded. Everyone is just thrown into this horrific setting with barely any noted background or story.

There were some other things that I never truly enjoyed about this film. The first would have to be the acting. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Mila Jovovich as well as Michelle Rodriguez. It’s just that the amnesia-clueless Alice never really got me over, but I suppose it was meant to serve as an excuse so that the other characters could explain to all of us, the audience, what the situation is in the film. Jovovich did a solid job in that sense, but I just never looked at it in an Oscar-winning performance kind of way.

That brings me to my next point. With zombies thrown into the mix, it’s obvious that these characters needed to have some fighting skills to defend themselves and in that theory I was correct. “Resident Evil” throws in a solid punch with non-stop martial arts and butt-kicking, mostly delivered from our lovely blond, Alice. That was a bit of a distraction when it came to following the story. A virus is let loose in the Hive and thus the Red Queen goes 187 on everyone’s ass, even once our commando team of characters decide to investigate the dilemma.

From there we even get a science fiction aspect. Lasers and lickers all around are enough to make much of a challenge for our team, which by the way begins to die off one by one as the film progresses. Well we really only get to see one licker and the effects kind of looked below average but I’m not going to bash against the production team for this. They did a better job with the lickers in “Apocalypse,” but that’s another story… I have to say though, I always loved Michelle Rodriguez in any role that she is in and I was never ok with the fact that they killed her off. Oh well at least she got a kick-ass dramatic death and we even got to see her as a zombie.

All jokes aside I’ve always remembered this installment of the horror series for two reasons. One is because of the beginning, where Alice awakens in her shower. Since then, it’s become a noteworthy scene that’s actually been replicated in the film series itself later on. The other reason is because of it’s cliffhanger ending. Since the majority of the film takes place in the Hive, we never really get to see what Raccoon City looks like in detail though it is mentioned throughout the film. Once we get to the ending however, the first shot we get, is that of a deserted apocalyptic-like city that’s basically been demolished by the undead while our main character had been isolated away by Umbrella. I’m not sure why, but that scene of the camera zooming out on Alice to showing what the city has become, has always been one of the creepiest scenes I’ve ever gazed upon.

You can see it for yourselves here if you want…

Tap Tap Tap

Happy Feet

Penguins are cute aren’t they? Especially when they’re not the conniving ones from the “Madagascar” franchise. Anyways for those of you that don’t live here in New York, I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s started to feel a bit of a winter demo here in the last couple of days. That chilly climate somehow reminded me of 2006’s “Happy Feet” and how I kind of looked at the film when I was younger.

 *SPOILERS*

It is a bit of a musical, given the fact that our main “pro-penguinist” is one that can create a musical rhythm with his feet rather than his voice. The reason for this relevancy is because penguin mating in this film’s world, depends on a matching “heart song” between a male and a female. So to throw in a penguin with a foot-tapping ability, would mean to treat him as an outcast.

Like any other family film, it’s usually about that sense of being outcasted where the final moral of the story ends up being that your supposed weakness is in fact your greatest strength. “Happy Feet” delivers that kind of message in a unique kind of way, which is why I was a bit confused about what exactly was the film’s main message, when I first watched it. By this I’m referring to the ending with the governments deciding to take political matters into their own hands just because penguins were seen tap-dancing.

Fast-forward throughout the rest of the film and basically our main “pro-penguinist,” Mumble, succeeds in enthralling the penguin of his dreams, he travels throughout the rest of Antarctica’s “dangerous jungle,” and he becomes the hero of his home by convincing governments to stop Antarctic fishing, all thanks to his captivating tap-dancing talent.

If you’re looking for a film with beautiful animation, this is for you. If you’re looking for a family musical, this is definitely for you. If you’re looking for a positive film with high morals, both politically and ethically, this is also for you. Now if you’re looking for all of the above, you just happened to stumble by the right place. Everybody should check out this film at least once. It’s simple but it’s wonderfully endearing for any audience. Enough said.